Bill streamlining raffle rules heads to governor

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bill that attempts to make it easier for charitable organizations in Connecticut to raise money from bazaars and raffles is heading to the governor’s desk.

The House of Representatives voted unanimously Thursday in favor of the legislation, which allows charitable groups to apply directly to the Department of Consumer Protection to hold a raffle or bazaar. Currently, they have to file with both the state agency and the local police department, sending checks to both.

Charitable organizations had complained the existing permit process is time-consuming and duplicative.

Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein has said the current rules for advertising raffles and bazaars are outdated as well. Under the bill, organizations are allowed to use all types of bazaar or raffle advertisements.

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